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Tampa Bay Rays take three of four from Astros

By Rylan Stiles
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a homer against Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros in the first inning on Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH 28: Austin Meadows #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a homer against Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros in the first inning on Opening Day at Tropicana Field on March 28, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays earned a solid outing from Yonny Chirinos as Austin Meadows powers Rays to series win.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash already went against his rotation that he set in early spring when he elected to toss out Yonny Chirinos for seven innings in a traditional starting role rather than deploying two openers to finish out the back end of the rotation.

Chirinos may make Cash reconsider this whole three man rotation thing after this afternoon. Chirinos went seven innings, only allowing a pair of hits (one of which being a home run to Jake Marisnick) with six strikeouts.

That is an impressive stat line no matter who you are facing, but it gets a boost when you factor in the lineup Yonny Chirinos had to face.

The Houston Astros are one of the best offenses in baseball, and outside of a horrid start by Blake Snell, the Rays pitching staff has been able to keep them relatively quiet.

Austin Meadows led off Opening Day with a home run against Justin Verlander. Today, the young outfielder start the scoring in the bottom of the first when he singled home Tommy Pham to five the Tampa Bay Rays a one run lead.

After the Jake Marisnick home run in the top of the third, Austin Meadows came right back and clubbed a home run of his own to center field, however, his counted for two runs as Avisail Garcia was already on base. That is also Meadows second home run of the year, and fourth RBI.

Diego Castillo came into the ninth inning to slam the door on a great Astros lineup and earn the Tampa Bay Rays their third win of the season. Today was Castillo’s first save of his Major League Career.

Stiles Star of the game: It is really between Yonny Chrinios and Austin Meadows, and if you want to check out this tweet, I am sure you know which of these two I am picking…Austin Meadows.

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The Tampa Bay Rays vs Colorado Rockies series preview will be out tomorrow afternoon, and check in on Twitter as we live tweet each game!

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